The new year, more than ever before, has brought a renewed sense of hope that with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution we may soon return to a new more cautious normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as new variances are mutating and affecting our communities. While we are hopeful, we must also stay vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and all the variances. Please continue keeping a good hygiene. You are not only protecting yourself, but also your loved ones and other people. CDC recommends that cases isolate for a minimum of 5 days after onset and may be released after they are without fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and show improvement in symptoms. Cases without symptoms should isolate through 5 days after their specimen collection date. Regardless of symptoms, CDC recommends wearing a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days following onset/specimen collection. CDC recommends that a case may consider using an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period to make decisions about extending at-home isolation. If the test result is positive, CDC recommends the individual should continue to isolate until day 10. If the test result is negative (or testing is not performed), they can end isolation, but should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10. Notes:
• Some severely ill patients may need to isolate for a longer time period.
• Lingering cough or loss of taste or smell should not prevent a case from being released from isolation.
• If a follow-up PCR test is positive, cases do not need to re-enter isolation as long as they have completed the 5-day isolation and had symptom improvement for a minimum of 24 hours All families can request FREE covid test from the government by visiting covidtest.org. All you need is your name, email address, and physical address for the delivery. They Will send it to your house. Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting dashboard is available online at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/covid-19- vaccine-information.html or call 866-442-3201.
Are you worried or overwhelmed or need assistance navigating community resources for COVID-19? Do you need help reducing stress or finding emotional support to cope with the uncertainties as a result of the pandemic? Call 855-661-9191, Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.